People who came from the Caribbean in the 1950s and 60s were not always welcomed with open arms into the churches of Bradford. However, friendlier churches were identified and new places to worship were established.
This often involved people gathering to worship in a religious leader’s homes before raising the funds to open a church building such as in the case of the New Testament Pentecostal Church of God on Necropolis Road, near Clayton.
Other important churches include the Westgate Baptist Church on Carlisle Road, Sunbridge Road Mission and St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church on Manchester Road, the Seventh Day Adventists Church in Great Horton and the Church of the God of Prophecy on Victor Road in Manningham.
These churches and many other smaller places provided a place for religious worship, spiritual guidance and key events such as marriages, christenings and funerals. They also acted, as many still do to this day, as community hubs providing a network of support for the congregation.